Aug 212014
 

We are back with some fashion notes and a follow-up to our previous post discussing Kate’s position in the fashion zeitgeist, more specifically, asking if she is a style icon. The thoughts you shared on the topic were outstanding; watching the discussion unfold and reading the varying perspectives on what constitutes a fashion icon and/or a style icon has been a delight.

There were several comments about the specific terms that are part of today’s lexicon. Here is a brief sampling:

  • Lili: “I do think part of the problem with the term “style icon” and whether it applies to any given person is the slipperiness — the malleability — of the definition.”
  • TMM: “To me, fashion refers to what’s new and popular and trendy in the world of clothing and accessories. A style icon, however (in my mind), is one who takes a look and makes it uniquely their own.”
  • ElizaMo: “I’d have said that Kate was a style icon and not a fashion icon as for me there’s a clear distinction: it’s perfectly possible to have a consistent style without having fashion come into it.”
  • Miss Maddox: “I do think the Duchess is a style icon; and for me that is very different then being a “fashionable” woman. I would never suggest that Duchess Kate was a “fashionable” woman. Style icons are the women who choose to be above fashion!”
  • Erin: “Is Kate a stylish woman? YES. Is she a style icon? NO. There is a difference.”

While fond of Kate’s fashion choices and style , some felt it is just too early to make pronouncements or confer titles:

  • Judith (via Facebook): “Personally I think that Kate is not a fashion icon…yet. Her style now is very suitable for her place as the wife of the second in line. But these are early days.”
  • Lauri: “Kate certainly would have made the Hall of Fame, in the future, but to include her this year is much too soon.”
  • Sampson (via Facebook): “I think it’s way too early to tell. She dresses beautifully, but give her time. She’s made an effort to not be defined by her clothing choices, so I think we should let her WOW us on her terms.”
  • Ashleigh: “I agree it’s too early to tell whether Kate’s normality and what some refer to as formulaic dressing will cement her iconic fashion status. Only time will tell…”

For many others, there’s no more time needed, Kate is iconic. And regardless of the terms used, many expressed thoughts on the positive impact Kate’s style choices have had on their wardrobes:

  • Amy: “I don’t know if Kate should be defined as a style icon, but I’ve certainly adopted her as MY style icon!”
  • Melissa: “She’s the only person I look to for what is appropriate/looks put together, precisely because I know that I can replicate her look almost exactly.”
  • Lulu (via Facebook): “I think that she is an Icon for the very reasons that her critic note: she does things her way & breaks rules & wears what she likes & feels comfy in rather than what the style experts might approve of.”
  • Adrienne: “I’m 33 and never really knew how to dress… Until I saw Kate wearing the nude pumps I never thought to buy some. So I did. She influenced my personal style….I’m not afraid to wear a dress to work anymore”.
  • Rachel: “When I was younger, I wasted a lot of money on “fast fashion”, buying whatever was trendy at the time that was cheaply made and wasn’t necessarily flattering. Kate has taught me that investing in well made pieces, and paying attention to fit goes a long way…”
  • Jennifer (via Facebook): “I don’t find her a groundbreaker, but I find her an icon as well as a source of returning style and class in clothing as opposed to what so much of what youth and young women are seeing in the media. Thank goodness there is this alternative to show…”

In a somewhat related note, a recent story in The Telegraph offers a smidgen of insight on how Kate looks at fashion. The article profiles Sara Parker Bowles, associate editor at Harper’s Bazaar UK and senior editor at Town & Country UK. From that Telegraph story:

Of the Duchess of Cambridge, she will only say: “We’ve talked about designers we admire in the past and she’s always very complimentary about what I wear but, clearly, she feels she’s got more important things to think about – and that’s what makes her so endearing.”

You may recognize the name because Ms. Parker Bowles is married to the Duchess of Cornwall’s son, Tom Parker Bowles.

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Next, our look at some of the new fall styles at Temperley London. These pieces are all from the label’s pre-fall collection.

Temperley London

Temperley London

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Nov 282011
 

Today we take an opportunity to revisit several topics we haven’t had time for of late, although there are two functions tonight of note, one where Kate & William are expected .

We begin with the identification of a handbag we have seen Kate carry with some frequency, the slim black clutch.  First, a refresher showing The Duchess carrying the bag during the couple’s visit to Copenhagen in support of EastAfricaCrisis.org.

The British Monarchy

Here is a better look:

Once again those savvy stylistas on the WKW FB page have come up with what we think is the answer. Fashion-forward Kristen deserves the credit for this identification, she suggested it is Stuart Weitzman’s Raz Clutch, we think she is spot-on. Below we show the bag as recently seen for sale on Amazon.

Stuart Weitzman

The dimensions shown for the bag make sense: 10.5″ long x 3.75″ high x 2″ deep. It very much looks like Kate’s bag, it also makes sense as Kate is clearly a Weitzman fan, wearing the company’s “Zipkin” boots (more in this post) for that UNICEF Copenhagen trip.

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Also today, an ID on a blouse Kate wore during the couple’s North American tour this summer. Below we see William and Kate touring the devastation left by an enormous fire in Slave Lake, Alberta.

Canadian Heritage

The top generated quite a bit of discussion at the time; below we show the Lauren by Ralph Lauren chiffon ruffle blouse as seen at House of Fraser. Our thanks to WKW FB friend Clare for making this ID.

Via House of Fraser

Sadly the blouse is no longer available, it is a cute piece. (It is possible others may have suggested this was the piece when we were all tracking it this summer, if so, let me know so you may also receive credit.)

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A few product updates we think you might find of interest, starting with the Sebago Bala, it is back in stock on the Sebago UK site.

Sebago UK

The shoe is priced at £80 (approximately $125 USD at today’s exchange rates), there is very limited stock available as of this writing. We hope to have an update for you shortly regarding the shoe’s availability on the Sebago US site.

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There are two events this evening (Monday, 11.28) that will interest Kate fashion followers, the highest profile function is a reception at Buckingham Palace for journalists expected to cover the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year. More from the UK Press Association:

Senior royals will also be mingling with the press including the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In honour of the guests the palace’s East Gallery will be renamed the Tweet Suite for the night – for those who want to post online messages – and the space will also contain displays about the Queen’s Golden and Silver Jubilees.

We love the way Buckingham Palace continues to embrace social media as a way of communicating “The Firm’s” message. Tonight’s event is not formal, we expect to see Kate in a dress and heels, however, it is not the sort of function where a hat is expected.

Also this evening, the British Style Awards, we will have more on that event should Kate be named as Britian’s most stylish.

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US television viewers might want to mark their calendars for Tuesday, December 13th, that is when NBC airs Inside the Royal Marriage.

NBC.com

Here is more on the show from TBI, an industry site:

The show taps into the enormous interest in the young couple. “They are doing things their own way,” explains executive producer Matt Drury. “Whereas previous generations of royal newlyweds have just cut ribbons and shaken hands with people, they have a clear idea what they want.” He adds: “The biggest challenge is that there is blanket media coverage of everything that they do, but we wanted to cover things not revealed before and add value to the stories people already know.”

The program has been produced by the same company that did Inside the Royal Wedding, Spun Gold TV.

Spun Gold TV

The UK production company has done a number of programs showcasing royal topics, including Prince William’s Africa, and How to Nab a Prince.

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Finally today, two flash sales that may be of interest to Kate followers, both at ‘members only’, (cough-cough) sites. The first is a sale on Hudson Jeans beginning today (Monday) at 3pm ET on Rue La La. (Click here if you need an invite.)

Hudson Jeans at Rue La La

The second is tomorrow at Gilt.com, another Kate fave, J. Brand Jeans will be on sale beginning at 12 Noon.

Gilt.com

If in need of an invite for Gilt, just click here. (The ‘cough-cough’ reference up above is because we look askance at the phrase “members only” because anyone with an email address can join, it is not quite as exclusive as sometimes portrayed.)

 

EDITORIAL NOTE: We have received multiple emails asking why we haven’t posted about Kate’s most recent shopping trip to Tesco in Anglesey. Those are not photos we care to share, they cross the line into the intrusive category.  Pictures of Kate in the parking lot are fine in my opinion, she knows there may be photographers on hand. But once inside a store I think she should be entitled to some level of privacy, and shouldn’t have to worry about the public knowing precisely what she purchased right down to the brand of potatoes.